Bruce Prescott is the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit filed by the ACLU of Oklahoma against placing the Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the state Capitol.
It is dishonest and immoral to deny the reality of climate change. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is the most important ethical issue of our time. It is a moral imperative.
With electric bills rising even as our use declined, our move to a geothermal system for our home used less electricity, saved cash and was better for the environment.
Judge Roy Moore, elected as the Alabama Supreme Court's chief justice, believes the Constitution establishes the Judeo-Christian religion. Those who don't follow it are second-class citizens.
During Ramadan, devout Muslims break their daily fasts at sunset with an "iftar" meal. Now, many Muslims in the U.S. are inviting non-Muslim friends to share that meal.
The U.S. Supreme Court reversed a Montana Supreme Court ruling that held that the higher court's Citizens United decision did not erase the state's Corrupt Practices Act.
Religious convictions divide us, but religious liberty is a right that unites us. That's why people of all faiths and atheists have joined the Interfaith Day of Prayer and Reflection for nine years.
Sharing a common hope, ecumenical activists from every Christian denomination will unite for the annual National Workshop on Christian Unity this month in Oklahoma City.
White House summits planned this year in 12 cities resemble conferences that Bush's White House held in politically strategic cities in 2004. It's less-than-ideal timing during an election year.
In Oklahoma, peace activists on a street corner spoke out against U.S. involvement in a possible war between Israel and Iran. And motorists continually honked their approval.
History reveals sufficient evidence to condemn all three Abrahamic faiths for resorting to violence. Despite these shortcomings, all three share a common hope for peace.
Dominionism, the belief that Christians should take control of the government and all of society's institutions, is a misguided theology that seeks to turn Christ into a political messiah.
At a town hall meeting, U.S. Rep. Tom Cole opposed raising taxes to ease the national deficit and claimed rolling back the Bush tax cuts won't make a dent in the deficit. Turns out, he was comparing apples to oranges.
Two prominent governors, who are skeptics about the evidence for climate change, have called for prayer for their drought-plagued states. But God doesn't perform tricks on demand to further political ambitions.
To turn around states' budget shortfalls, one group proposes flipping the percentage of taxes paid by each state's wealthiest and poorest citizens. Those in the middle would see no change.
Our nation's immigration laws intimidate and persecute the loyal, honest and courageous poor who want to work hard and make a better life for themselves and their families. It's time to seek just and fair laws.
A lot of good reasons exist to stop using coal. Strong arguments can be made for ecological and economic reasons, but the adverse effect that coal has on human health outweighs all other considerations.
For 69 riveting minutes, "Inside Job," which won the Oscar for best documentary, examines the financial meltdown caused by the larcenous greed of America's still-unregulated finance industry. (Photo: Representational Pictures)
An Oklahoma state senator tried to call the GOP's bluff by proposing an amendment to eliminate the state's income tax, which provides a third of the state's revenue. The amendment passed 39-8.
Amid all the talk about "hate speech" and the "rhetoric of violence" in the aftermath of the Tucson shooting, here are four kinds of speech that could promote civil society.
During a joint Baptist-Muslim mission trip to distribute mosquito-repellant nets in Tanzania, it was impressive to see how people of two different faiths could live and work together.
The death of Zack Harrington, who took his life a few weeks after witnessing the intolerant anti-homosexual exchange at a city council meeting, is a haunting reminder of another young man's suicide years ago.
Religious leaders have a moral responsibility to address the injustices they see in society and a civic responsibility to work to secure justice. And they have an obligation to be strictly nonpartisan.
As another Mainstream Baptist group comes to an end, it's a sad reminder that historic Baptist distinctives, such as the priesthood of all believers and church-state separation, have lost their appeal for many Baptists.
The Baptist concept of the priesthood of the believer has been and continues to be attacked, often redefined to mean submission to some form of earthly authority. But Baptists are all called to be prophets to each other.
If the poorest Americans can obtain a credit card at all, they will be required to pay an interest rate of more than 20 percent. The poorest among us must have access to credit at a reasonable rate of interest.
Key early organizers of the Religious Right convened secret meetings in the mid-1970s to link their political agenda with conservative Christianity. Their goal was to elect Christian conservatives and build a “Christian Republic.”
Oklahoma's Haskell County erected a monument in 2004 on their courthouse lawn that included the Ten Commandments. That misguided decision will cost the county's taxpayers $199,000 plus interest.
Francis Wayland, the first Baptist ethicist and America's foremost ethicist during the pre-Civil War era, answered the call for a public ethic to guide the "liberated conscience" of American society.
David Naugle's book, "Worldview: The History of a Concept," deserves a thoughtful reading – if for no other reason than to observe the strides that some Baptists have made toward philosophical respectability.
A neo-conservative think tank has labeled a Turkish Islamic scholar as an "ultraconservative," but the label is a gross distortion. In the eyes of intolerant secularists, all religious people appear to be ultraconservative.
While investigating President Bill Clinton, Kenneth Starr often opined that no one was above the law. Is Starr truly a man of principle trying to preserve the sanctity of the rule of law? His defense of Blackwater raises doubts.
EthicsDaily.com's documentary, "Different Books, Common Word," will be screened next month in Houston, which has "one of the largest populations of both Baptists and Muslims of any city in the United States."
Some right-wing bloggers have been distorting the record about the beliefs of Timothy McVeigh, who was deeply influenced by the Christian Identity movement.
An atheist was elected to a city council in North Carolina, but some critics have invoked that state's constitution, which forbids anyone who denies God from holding public office. Have they forgotten the U.S. Constitution?
Christians have no business embellishing the truth and twisting it for political purposes. That is what the Manhattan Declaration does from beginning to end.
The possibility of advancing the common good, such as health-care reform, improves when goodwill Muslims and Baptists work together. A recent press conference illustrates this point.
Too many Baptists in America are more concerned about preserving the privileges of their nationality than with sharing the blessings of the good news about God's love for all people.
Defined by a moral mood most often perceived to be negative, censorious and legalistic, Baptists have long cultivated an ethos of legalism. Can we be known for our liberty of conscience?
Baptists began by dissenting from the established church and asserting their right to a free conscience on matters of religion. Will 21st century Baptists follow their ancestors?
Before I went to seminary, another step away from fundamentalism occurred when I started reading about end-times theology. I soon discovered little consensus among the authors.
My first encounter with a "liberal" theologian convinced me that using the word "inerrant" to describe the Bible is a dead end. It is a word that claims more for the Bible than the Bible claims for itself.
Evolution has always been a burning issue among fundamentalists. My step away from fundamentalism came when I realized that I needed to stop trying to limit God. He is free to create any way he wants.
J.M. Carroll's booklet, "The Trail of Blood," was wildly popular among fundamentalist Baptists for more than a generation. I swallowed it hook, line and sinker at age 13. Then I did some research.
While the marital relationships of their fundamentalist friends crumbled, my parents didn't let fundamentalism's sexist and patriarchal chain-of-command family structure find a foothold in their house.
I found things in the Bible that my fundamentalist mentors seemed to miss. In high school, I was shocked to observe a discrepancy over the sequence of events surrounding Peter's denial of Christ.
The youth camp may have been run by independent fundamental Baptists, but it was where I heard my call to ministry and took my first step away from fundamentalism at age 12.
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Lou Dobbs' rant about Treasury Secretary Paulson last Monday was way over the line. He did more than challenge Paulson's policies and proposals, he attacked him personally with some of the most condescending and insulting language I have heard from a host on CNN.
I got an e-mail Wednesday morning from a Muslim friend who was distraught to discover that every member of Oklahoma's congressional delegation declined to accept his invitation to a dinner and dialogue with moderate Muslims.
When John Winthrop sailed across the Atlantic in 1630 the perceptions of others was at the forefront of his mind. Born into a family of English gentry, Winthrop was elected governor of Massachusetts Bay by speculators and investors who had never set foot in New England.
Our nation is under surveillance for fear of terrorists. Terrorists are people who have given up hope of finding justice in this world. Their aim is either to change the world or destroy it. In their eyes, they've got nothing to lose.
A newspaper religion reporter sent me an e-mail and asked what I thought the founding fathers--and specifically George Washington--meant by freedom of religion (the First Amendment). Here's my response:
Editor's note: The following is the text of remarks prepared by Bruce Prescott, executive director of Mainstream Oklahoma Baptists, for delivery at a "Raise Oklahoma Rally" Monday on the steps of the Oklahoma State Capitol.
Thomas Jefferson was convinced that democracy depended on a well-educated citizenry and he was right. Our nation's founders rejected the rule of divinely ordained aristocratic elites. We were to be governed by the common consent of the people. That meant every citizen would need an education.
The criminal trials of Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling for their roles in the Enron scandal begin today.
Thirty-three years ago, I was attending the police academy in Albuquerque, N.M., preparing to become a police officer in that city. I was one of about 30 young men and women who were completing our last month of training before we would be commissioned.
Twenty-five years ago fundamentalists vociferously contended that unnamed "liberals" at Southern Baptist Convention seminaries were leading the denomination on a slippery slope that would undermine our effectiveness in proclaiming the gospel.
A recent controversy over which "Holy Scriptures" on which Muslims must place their hands when swearing to tell the truth threatens to shake the biblical foundations of the state of North Carolina. When finally resolved, it might also set a precedent that sends aftershocks across the nation.
A recent skirmish in the struggle over relations between religion and the state took place at the city zoo in Tulsa, Okla. That Tulsa would be a frontline in America's culture war comes as no surprise.
Southern Seminary President Al Mohler has been cozying up to politicians for so long that he is now confusing church discipline with political-party discipline.